Joy as a Superpower • growing up a ballerina (trained by strong, bold Russian women) the beauty of intense effort was the only strength I recognized- the electricity of grueling physical labor. Later, as an intellectual, there was the quick and strong flight of logic and the lightening mastery of insight and creativity. However, neither of these burning fires is responsible for my spiritual progress. I would reach a certain height and then feel completely incapable of relaxation. I was always anxious to set flame, but achievement was never satisfying. I punished myself for anything less than perfection and when I really needed a break, I drank. I stagnated... (painfully)...It wasn’t until I met @justhex and @superspiritual and studied Tibetan Buddhism that I began to understand the teachings on the brilliance of joy • You will recognize the power of Joy around your closest most sincere friends, especially if they’re funny. Joy FEELS light but is stronger than any other emotion. Joy is what waters the seeds for progress, for happiness; for what we are all chasing in different disguises. You can’t suffer into enlightenment, but you can dance into it. It is perplexing in a world that crushes you with suffering, but Joy is actually the only rebellion. 🤟🏻The logic runs like this: feeling good about the things you do helps their results multiply (Classical Conditioning, Pavlov, etc.). The Joy grows like a weed through pavement (if you let it) crushing things you thought were set in stone. For many of us, especially the seekers who seek because they have been brutally challenged, Joy is not intuitive. So, we must practice joy. How? Meditate on it. .
Lay on a comfy couch or bed with your favorite drink or snack (something sensual, like coffee with steamed milk, or chocolate), smile, and contemplate all the great things you did today. Think about small or large ways you have helped others. Times you made someone laugh. Complimented someone’s beauty. Helped someone feel less alone. Best if you can do this as you drift off to sleep. I’m recording a series of guided meditations for you to use for this. COMING SOON
When I started paying attention to what connects me to JOY, my life got better! I started feeling happier & more satisfied even if I wasn’t doing the thing that made me feel joyful. 😁 Just knowing what it was/is and finding ways to connect to Joy more regularly increased my feelings of Wellbeing. ✨💟✨
Do you know what connects you to Joy? 🧐
What’s one thing you LOVE to do that you can find a way to put on your calendar for yourself today or this weekend? (Tip: Looking forward to fun things to do increases our daily wellbeing too!) 🌻Share below - it may give someone else a fun idea for them, so you could bless someone by sharing what you love! 💞
ps one of mine this weekend is going paddle boarding with my hubby 👏🏼
When I read this Hafiz poem excerpt today it reminded me of what my yoga teacher @yogamylinda has shared about “soul contracts” with us. She learned this from @caroline.myss and it’s fascinating. ✨ Myss writes, “That (sacred) Contract contains a wide range of agreements regarding all that we are intended to learn in this life. It comprises not merely what kind of work we do but also our key relationships with the people who are to help us learn the lessons we have agreed to work on.” 🤔
The ancient poet Hafiz knew that! When he wrote “There is no event in your life you in someway did not drive a hard bargain for” he was talking about soul/sacred contracts! 😳 If we have indeed invited everything in, then let us breathe more easily- slowly, deeply... consider trusting this sacred contract, knowing Source is also with us, guiding us through each and every experience. 🙏🏼
Everything we live through can be used for our growth. ✨ These teachings can be soothing if you let them. 💛
Do you believe in Soul Contracts? Tell me below 🔽
When I went to teach a retreat in Nicaragua this past April, with the amazing @gracevanberkum at her beautiful Gracious Living Oasis, I didn’t realize how many opportunities I’d have to experience the unity of my one Self. ✨
Our Higher Self, our one True Self is completely aligned with Source. It’s when we feel Peace & Love & Joy abiding in us; Light abiding in us. ✨
Fears, doubts, judgments and more threaten to separate us from our True Self. Yet if we recognize these emotions and CHOOSE to turn back toward the Light, we can rise above them, sometimes with ease! ✨
The day I climbed this 🌋 I wrestled with fear a LOT - but I had moments of pure alignment with Joy too! Isn’t life so interesting??☺️
Today, I’m excited to be hosting a GLO pop-up show at my office with @gracevanberkum - and I’m already feeling the positive vibes of being reconnected with a person who embodies Light and Joy on the regular and shows Love via her food. You’re a lucky 🍀 duck if you get to meet Grace. She generously shares her life-enhancing recipes on her website (go to her page for links ✌🏽) ✨
Taking care of ourselves, loving ourselves via healthy food choices is a great way to be in unity with our Higher Self. ✨
Comment below & let me know how you get plan to connect to your one Self today 👇🏽✨💛✨
I used to be afraid to fly. I got air sick very easily, so I never enjoyed flying, and it scared me to look out the window. ☹️ Then I began to use music as a way to soothe myself (that and Dramamine!). I listened to Enya, and the soundtrack to Out of Africa on plane trips so many times, feeling relaxed from the Dramamine, that air travel became much easier. 🛫🛬😌 it even got to the point many that if I heard those albums playing anywhere else I would find myself feeling super relaxed & even sleepy! 😴 .
Now when I fly, I don’t use the sleepy version of that medicine. I like to stay awake & enjoy the scenery. I still listen to 🎶 - a more expansive playlist. 😁 Now air travel feels fun! I love seeing the earth from this vantage point. 🤓❤️🌐 ✈️
Have you transformed a fear? I’d love to know. Share below- you may inspire someone who also wants this to happen for them! .
Last month I was surprised to see my husband ogling a skateboard when we were shopping. He has never skateboarded. 🤔 Yet, there he was, captivated, dreaming of buying it & becoming a skateboarder. 🤩 Then he did!!! It’s kind of cool when you’ve been in a long term love relationship and your partner is able to surprise you. ☺️
Yesterday in the #woundedwarriorproject#couplesodyssey we discussed how couples can increase feelings of loving friendship by sharing fondness & admiration with each other. This really is a skill of appreciation and it helps you have a much better relationship! .
@gottmaninstitute says: “Sharing fondness and admiration in intentional, consistent, faithful ways is the antidote to contempt and, more importantly, it increases the amount of affection and respect in a relationship.”💞
When Mark got that skateboard he was on it right when we got home. His joy was evident as he skated up & down the block 😃 I so admired him for following his joy compass! He is a great example to me to Do What You Love ❤️ .
#couplesretreat#relationshipskills#appreciationpost 💕 #admiration#fondness#marriagemastery#buildinglove#strongfoundation#wwp#healingrelationships#heartswideopen#joyismycompass#loveismycompass#feelpeacenow ☮️
✨What do you want in your life?✨
Imagine yourself in a really cosy privat cinema with one big fat comfortable chair in front of the screen: The movie is a good one. Perfect shots, the soundtrack is very cool AND the main act is the BEST!
But wait, this main act… its ME!! This is the movie of my life!! How cool is that!? The dramatic scenes, the romantic…the lush and the hard ones… everything up until now made you to the person you are now!
The film goes on and you arrive at NOW, today…in this cinema…and you recognise, that the future of your film depends on your thoughts…your vision! Wow…it feels weird first to «drive this car» by your thoughts but after a while you get used to it and its just AMAZING, that you can think about this adventure in South America and immediately you see yourself trekking through the jungle with the people YOU have chosen to be your side acts in your movie of your life.
Everything is possible. It really is. But first, you have to take your time, breath, take a step back of your hustle in your everyday life and DREAM and create your vision in your head and heart!
Make your dream life come true, step by step! Why me? Why not? The question is: What do you want!? I have a JOY-challenge running at the moment and you can download a free «dreamlife-meditation» and a «guide to make your dream life come true». Link is in my bio. Can’t wait to meet you in my JOY-facebookgroup and hear about your #mybigfatvision of your #dreamlife .
Big hug, Ronja
@jennakutcher still on the learningtrain but I looove your course so much! And learning by watching you rocking your business! 😘 Enjoy Hawaii 🌴✨
When we were riding down the mountains in Boulder we didn’t need any of the electric bike’s battery assist - we were FLYING FAST! .
I’m not really a fan of going super fast (did you see my volcano 🌋 boarding post when I came back from Nicaragua?) I admit I can be a fraidy cat 😣
(Back to the bikes) As we let gravity have its way with us on the rapid descent in Boulder, I slowed my breathing, taking in the beauty and telling myself “I got this”
Talking nice to ourselves when we’re scared or anxious is a good choice. It made me aware I could choose to enjoy the experience rather than be scared as my speedometer rose to 44, 45, 48...! 😳
A Course in Miracles reminds us, “Perception is a choice, and not a fact.” That was so evident as my husband & friends took off in glee down the mountain and I eased into the descent, applying the brakes much more than them. .
Still, using my practices allowed me to shift from fear to fun - and it worked! 😃 I had fun going fast once I remembered it was my choice. (Plus, frankly, I’m an excellent bike rider ☺️)
What are you facing today that could be different if you change your perception? Leave a comment below 🚵🏼♂️🌲☀️
#perceptioniseverything#youchoose#fearorfun#acourseinmiracles#lawofattraction#heartswideopen#choosefun#joyismycompass#boulderbikeride#playoutsideeveryday#feelpeacenow ☮️ #itwaskphnotmph 😜
A perfect lush summernight for a classreunion-bbq chez Sakata ❤️🙌🏼 These great people graduated as foodtechnologists 6 years ago and so many different careers evolved out of the same original profession! I love the Swiss educational system where you can first learn one job from scratch and after that various universities or higher educations are open for you to choose, or you rock it with the skills you learned in your company while going to school. We agreed to meet up in 5 years again 😎☺️What will change untill then? What do YOU want to do in the next 5 years? Everything is possible 💪🏼✌🏼👍🏼🙌🏼🎉❤️PS: Mika was in awe about Patrick and whispered in my ear: „He looks like Messi!!“ and got her Panini Album to proof this fact. She also got whippedcreamed by daddy and fell in love with one of my former students who is a daddy himself now (and was one of the most demanding teenager ever in school 😉😂😎). #lifeisgood#thelittlethings#enjoysummer#gettogether#classreunion#theywerebabies#nowallgrownup#thegoodvibes#grattitude#ilovemylife#joyismycompass
I‘m dedicated to make this week a 4:44am-wakeup-morningmagic-everyday-week! @schalti6 🙌🏼😎✌🏼 The candles (swipe for the 🌈kindergardenpresent one💕), the journaling, the meditation barefoot in the cold grass within the still sleeping daisies, the birdsconcert, the yoga and an EFTdate with Brad @tapwithbrad #loveyoubrad ... ALL THIS sets up my day to be a really great one! Because I moved my body and mind and set my intentions to enjoy my day to the fullest!
You don‘t need to get up that early to have a great day, but maybe you get curious enough to try and gift yourself some me-time before the outer world starts to wake up? ✨Do a meditation
✨Write down your thoughts without judgement or concept, just free flow writing
✨Do some kind of sport you like...maybe its a full body fitnessworkout (hellooo youtube, you personal trainer) or dancing around in the livingroom... its up to you, #ofcourse !! ✨Try a date with Brad Yates too, he is #thebest 😍 you‘ll find him on youtube with any topic which is holding you back... These are my four things I loooove to do in my #morningmagic
If you think I‘m totally nuts about these morningrituals, read #miraclemorning and you‘ll be convinced soon! 😄😉✨ #happydaytoyou#loveyouall#choosejoy#choosefun#chooseyou#joyismycompass#ilovemondays
Eveninglight-pics are the best! Our citytour (shopping groceries and a present of the demasked but nevertheless highly appreciated toothfairy) from 6 to 8pm was great fun ☺️👧🏻👩🏼☀️❤️totally normal everydaylife feels glorious just because you choose so! #joyismycompass#ilovemylife#zurich
Joy is the most magnetic force in the universe. When we are truly in a state of joy incredible things happen and amazing people enter our lives. See if you can expand your capacity for how much joy you’ll allow in each day. I think sometimes we think we’re not deserving of it. You don’t have to earn it. It’s your birthright. It’s always there within reach. If we allow ourselves to feast upon it , more and more will flow in. What you seek is seeking you. If you look for sweet moments throughout the day, you’ll surely find more then you expected. Listen to your body and what makes you happy. Let it be your compass and watch the magic happen. For a huge dose of joy, listen to @marthabeckauthor on my podcast this week. Link in bio. #joyismycompass#whatyouseekisseekingyou#magichappens#risingtidesociety#marthabeck#joyfullife